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Vatican To Host Stem Cell Research Conference

From the National Public Radio (NPR) story

A few years ago, Father Tomasz Trafny was brainstorming with other Vatican officials about what technologies would shape society, and how the Vatican could have an impact. And it hit them: Adult stem cells, which hold the promise of curing the most difficult diseases, are the technology to watch.

“They have not only strong potentiality,” says Trafny, “but also they can change our vision of human being[s], and we want to be part of the discussion.”

In a rare move, the Vatican decided to collaborate with a private company, NeoStem, to do education and eventually research. The Catholic Church is investing $1 million to form a joint foundation, and next week, scientists from around the world will meet at the Vatican to discuss the future of stem cell therapies.

Trafny, who is chairman of the science and faith department at the Pontifical Council for Culture, says they believe there’s a superior alternative to embryonic stem cell research.

“We don’t see reason why we have to sacrifice human lives, while we have technologies that do the same without harming anyone and without raising any moral difficulties,” he says.

“What people don’t realize is for 30 years, we’ve been using adult stem cells,” says Robin Smith, the chief executive officer of NeoStem. “That’s called a bone marrow transplant. Diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, anemia — this is all part of the standard of care.”..

Read the entire NPR story

November 2, 2011 - Posted by | Health News Items | , ,

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